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Academie de l'Espée (Gérard Thibault d'Anvers)
|Academie de l'Espée|
|Academy of the Sword|
Title page of the first edition
|Full title||Académie de l'epee, ou se démontrent par reigles mathématique, sur le fondement d'un cercle mysterieux, la theorie et pratique des vrais et jusqu'a present incognus secrets du maniement des armes, a pied et a cheval|
|Author(s)||Gérard Thibault d'Anvers|
|Place of origin||Leiden, Netherlands|
|Publication date||1630, 1668|
Academie de l'Espée ("Academy of the Sword") is a Dutch fencing manual written by Gérard Thibault d'Anvers and initially printed in 1630. Arguably the most elaborate fencing manual ever written, it was the work of several years and its lavish illustrations were prepared by a team of sixteen master engravers. Thibault's work treats the use of the rapier after the Spanish style La Verdadera Destreza ("the True Skill") and is well-known for its use of intricate geometrical figures (especially the cercle mysterieux, or "mysterious circle").
The title page of Academie de l'Espée indicates that it was completed in 1628, but it wasn't printed until 1630 (a year after Thibault's death) in Leiden, Netherlands. A second edition was printed forty years later in Brussels, Belgium in 1668.
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- Howden, Matthew. "Comparison of Thibault’s Circle and the Leiden Circle". Sworded Contemplations. April, 2008. Retrieved 08 February 2015.
- Thibault, Gérard. Academy of the Sword. Trans. John Michael Greer. Highland Park, TX: Chivalry Bookshelf, 2006. ISBN 978-1891448409
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